ROK Mobile Announces Gabriel Rene Promotion to CEO and John Janes as New COO

Oct 20, 2015, 08:48 ET from ROK Mobile

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ROK Mobile, the first mobile provider to offer mobile and music in a single affordable plan, has announced that former COO Gabriel Rene has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer, while mobile technology veteran John Janes has been hired as the company's new Chief Operating Officer.

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Rene's background prior to joining ROK Mobile in 2013 demonstrates a diverse background in innovation that spans music, technology, and marketing. Rene served as CEO of MagNet Solutions, an early direct to consumer social commerce company that enabled the sale and distribution of music, video and related products across internet and mobile platforms that was designed for artists and major brands. His work also includes 20 years in technology and immersive media, as well as an early career in music production, engineering, and sound design and has developed products for global brands including Boost Mobile, Microsoft, and Coca Cola.

Janes, an executive with similarly broad experience in the mobile and telecommunications industry, previously served as COO for mobile payments startup Wipit and also held prominent management and product development roles at companies including Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Green Dot Corporation.

"The marketplace keeps saying that people want music to be free; by offering music as part of our mobile service for one price ROK Mobile gives them an experience that feels free but still compensates artists, writers and labels. So simple - and completely blows up the approach of Apple or Spotify," said Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman of ROK Mobile. "Gabriel Rene has been an integral part of the ROK Mobile team since the very beginning and he genuinely understands how to deliver on this promise to our customers; he has been central to making both the content and telco deals a reality. John Janes is someone who has demonstrated extraordinary vision and success throughout his career and we know that his organizational and telecom skills will greatly benefit the work we're doing as we bring ROK Mobile customers across the U.S. and in the U.K."

"I'm incredibly excited to take on this new role at ROK Mobile and continue working with our great team to find new ways for mobile users to enjoy unlimited talk, text, data, music, and now video," said Rene. "With so many great ideas and updates that we want to bring to fruition, it's an amazing time to take this step."

"As someone who has long worked within the mobile and telecommunications sphere, I've been extremely interested in the work that ROK Mobile has been doing and it's an honor to officially join their team," said Janes. "ROK's unique combination of mobile provider and music service has proven to be highly innovative and I'm eager to contribute to the other great developments that are coming down the road."

ROK Mobile is the world's first mobile service provider to offer mobile and music services together in both the U.S. and U.K. and is pioneering the way that content, connectivity and communications services are sold together.

The two promotions come on the heels of the announcement of ROK Mobile's forthcoming all-you-can-eat service, which will launch in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2016. The video service will be an added value to ROK Mobile plans, which include unlimited talk, text, data* and streaming music.

About ROK Mobile
Founded by entrepreneurs John Paul DeJoria (Patron Tequila, Paul Mitchell) and noted serial entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, ROK Mobile is a prepaid, contract free mobile and music service.  For a monthly cost of $49.99, consumers have unfettered access to unlimited talk, text, data*, and streaming music (ROK Music), without any activation fees and or hidden costs. With a music catalogue of over 20 million tracks, downloadable playlists, incredible personalization filters, and curated playlists, ROK Music rivals all other streaming music services and is included with a ROK Mobile account. For more information on ROK Mobile, please visit

*Includes a fixed amount of high speed data each month as set forth in the plan description. After the high speed data threshold is reached, your data speed will be reduced for the remainder of the month.

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